Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary (United States)

59 percent of Social Workers are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $35,180 annually. Compensation starts at $24,825 and can reach $52,888 per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and about half get vision coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary (?
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$27,150 - $53,341
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MEDIAN: $35,823
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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary (?
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$9.61 - $24.68
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,150 - $53,341  
   
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$0.00 - $1,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,825 - $52,888  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.61 - $24.68  
   
Overtime
$8.29 - $48.78  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,825 - $52,888  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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Job Description for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Child, family, or school social workers help support children who may be at risk due to circumstances at home, school, or other environments. As advocates for the children, the social worker acts as a liaison between various institutions, families, and the child. Typically, the social worker either identifies an at-risk child or is called in by some authority that has made this determination. The social worker works with the family to help create the best environment for the child, while assessing all health and psychological risks. Social workers in a school environment are typically charged with determining which students may be at risk and work with other teachers and counselors to aid the student and administer testing to help fully diagnose the extent of the student's needs.
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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Tasks
  • Work with parents, teachers, community organizations, internal partners, etc. on behalf of clients.
  • Carry out various administrative tasks in support of client service.
  • Address client needs (mental, social, educational, etc.) on an individual basis.

Common Career Paths for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

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Social Workers may enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Non-Profit Executive Director can offer an extra $24K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. The most common next step for Social Workers is moving into roles as Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)s or Social Worker (MSW)s, where they can expect an extra $15,622 or $6,087 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Social Workers, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Standard salaries begin at $33K and can reach $37K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $41K. As Social Workers approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $49,738. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Chicago
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New York
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National Average
$35,000
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For Social Workers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+1 percent).

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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Case Management
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%
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